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Selection: Star onballer returns

Six weeks on from sustaining a broken thumb, Steele Sidebottom is set to make his return to the Collingwood midfield.

6:25pm  May 21, 2015

Injury update: Sidebottom not far away

Star midfielder Steele Sidebottom could return from a broken thumb in a matter of weeks, according to Director of Football Neil Balme.

5:25pm  Apr 27, 2015

"The worst night on the calendar"

Even the best feel the fear of running a time trial. Just ask Steele Sidebottom.

2:32pm  Nov 17, 2014

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Steele's magic moment

8:43pm  Jul 30, 2016

Steele's superb solo effort

12:37am  Jul 23, 2016

Player of the week: Sidebottom

2:10pm  Apr 26, 2016

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Steele
Sidebottom

Height
180 cm
DOB
02-01-1991
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2016
20
Career
163
Goals
2016
17
Career
123
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2066
Avg
103
SteeleSidebottom

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Congupna (VIC)
Clubs: Collingwood (2009-2015)
Debut: Round 7 2009 v St Kilda
Recruited from: Murray U18
Brownlow Votes: 37

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It is difficult to remember that Sidebottom is only 24 years of age, considering he is already a veteran of 143 senior games. While the first six years of his Collingwood career displayed incredible durability, he experienced the first major injury setback of his career in 2015. The youngest of five brothers, he is one of the fittest players at the club, and his engine, coupled with his goal sense, has made him a versatile option for his coaches. His disposal on both sides of his body is a feature of his game, as is his tenacious tackling. His reputation as a finals specialist, fueled by a best afield display in the 2008 TAC Cup U18 Grand Final, was sealed in 2010 when he was one of Collingwood's best in both the drawn Grand Final and the Replay. Upon return from injury in 2015, he took his game to the next level, and could still rise further in the future.

Season By Season

Season By Season

With a blistering NAB Cup behind him, Steele Sidebottom was poised to become something special in 2015.

After two goals, 19 possessions and a dominant first three quarters against Brisbane in round one, the midfielder truly appeared on the cusp of a breakout season. However sights of the midfielder unable to use his right hand to shake hands with opponent’s post-game sent questions of a different kind through the football world.

Sidebottom had broken his thumb and it would be six weeks until he would be able to return. Not content with the weights and running associated to a rehab program, Sidebottom elected to train with the main group one-handed just under a month after the initial injury. As unconventional as the approach was, it clearly worked as Sidebottom made a triumphant return with an impressive 32-disposal game against the Gold Coast in round eight.

There were difficult times ahead. After wins in all five of his first games, a tough seven-point loss to Richmond in round 13 started a run of six straight defeats. Determined to maintain a winning attitude, Sidebottom failed to agree with defeat. Between the Magpies losses to Hawthorn in round 14 and the Western Bulldogs in round 17, the 24-year-old had a remarkable 132 disposals at an average of 33 per game.

The standout came against the West Coast Eagles in a rare home game at Etihad Stadium in round 16. Sidebottom was everywhere as he finished with 38 touches. It was one of many in a season Sidebottom will no doubt remember as a journey containing a number of highs and lows. While a total of 16 games is his lowest tally since his debut season in 2009, strong form when he was on the park saw the midfielder finish with a career-high disposal average of 27.3 touches per game.

Season By Season

Consistency has been Sidebottom’s trademark during his six years as a Magpie, and so it proved in 2014 when he produced a season worthy of second placing in the Copeland Trophy count.

He played 19 senior games, missing just three through a suspension that followed an uncharacteristic collision with St Kilda’s Maverick Weller in the opening minutes of Collingwood’s win in round 11.

Sidebottom struck a purple patch during his side’s wins over North Melbourne and Essendon in April, polling five of a possible six Brownlow votes in the space of just six days.

He kicked three goals, laid six tackles and won 26 disposals on ANZAC Day, further reinforcing his reputation as a big game player.

The 23-year-old remained one of his side’s most influential players in the months that followed, polling three votes for his 33 disposals, nine tackles and two goals against Carlton in round 15 – his first match since his suspension in round 11.

As a raft of teammates hit the wall through injury, Sidebottom ploughed on until season’s end, winning 30 or more disposals in four of his last six games, including a season-high 36 against Hawthorn in round 23.

In finishing second in the Copeland Trophy, Sidebottom continued his upward trend first established in 2012 when he finished fourth in the coveted award.

Season By Season

Sidebottom was one of three Collingwood players to play in all 23 games in 2013. His form was consistent all season long. It started off with Sidebottom spending time deeper inside 50 and ended after a stint as a distributor at half back. Sidebottom opened the season with three goals, 21 disposals and a Brownlow vote against North Melbourne and cut Richmond to pieces with four goals and 21 possessions in round four. So consistent was his early season form that he polled one Brownlow vote in five separate matches.

As the year wore on, Sidebottom began to spend more time behind the ball and was effective with five rebound 50s in his 100th game against Adelaide and later against the Bombers in round 19. A perennial big game player, Sidebottom had 29 possessions and four tackles in the loss to Port Adelaide in the Elimination Final. Third place in the Copeland Trophy was a fitting reward for another consistent season.

Season By Season

As expected, the hard-running forward was offered the challenge of spending more time in the midfield last season and embraced the role wholeheartedly, playing every game but one. Had a strong first half of the season before he lost a bit of consistency after the bye. Signed a two-year contract extension in June and came fourth in the Copeland Trophy.

Season By Season

Premiership success continued to follow him as he was a member of the side’s NAB Cup triumph over Essendon. Didn’t miss a match all year despite having only just turned 21 on the eve of the season. Improved in all statistical facets of his game, highlighted by his 28 disposal and three goal performance against the Western Bulldogs in round six that earned him three Brownlow votes.

Continued to establish himself as a tenacious tackler, a standout performance of 11 tackles against West Coast in round 10 adding to his 107 for the season. His impact lessened as the year wore on, kicking only three goals in his last seven games. Didn’t let the side down in the Grand Final, though, with 23 possessions and two goals in the loss to Geelong.

Backed up his exciting finish to 2009 to play 25 of the 26 games in the club’s premiership year. Missed only one match due to a calf strain, and contributed 24 goals. His personal highlight was a five goal, 16 disposal haul against the Kangaroos in round seven.

Won a career-high 28 disposals in round 21 against Adelaide, and saved his very best for the finals. Kicked three against the Bulldogs in the qualifying final, two against the Cats in the preliminary final, and was one of Collingwood’s cleanest ball users in the Grand Final draw with St Kilda. Came within a whisker of a Norm Smith Medal seven days later when he accrued 25 possessions and kicked two goals. Finished eighth in the Copeland Trophy - a remarkable effort considering he was yet to turn 21.

Spent the first six weeks in the VFL before opportunity knocked at senior level. Paul Medhurst’s late withdrawal paved the way for Sidebottom to debut against St Kilda on a Monday evening at Docklands in round seven. Despite the 88 point shellacking, Sidebottom was not disgraced as he gathered 22 disposals.

He made steady progress, yo-yoing between the seniors and the VFL for much of the year to play 11 games in total. Came of age in the semi final against Adelaide when he had a career high 25 disposals, 10 tackles and seven marks as the Pies won by less than a kick. The night confirmed Sidebottom’s status as a big game player, remarkable considering he was only 18 years of age.

Played for the Murray Bushrangers U18s in the TAC Cup. Represented Vic Country at the U18 National Championships. Sprung to prominence in the TAC Cup Grand Final, when he kicked 10 goals, had 34 possessions, 14 marks and 10 clearances from the midfield to win the TAC Medal. Was selected by Collingwood with pick No 11 in the National Draft.

A member of the AIS-AFL Academy intake.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 13.7
    • Handballs 12.1
    • Disposals 25.7
    • Marks 5.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.5
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 103.3

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Geelong Cats Rd 9
Handballs 17 Carlton Rd 7
Disposals 33 Hawthorn Rd 23
Marks 9 Western Bulldogs Rd 10
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 West Coast Eagles Rd 6
Goals 4 Essendon Rd 5
AFL Fantasy 144 Essendon Rd 5

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Sydney Swans L 133 - 53 11 13 24 5 0 1 3 5 0 1 87
2 Richmond W 87 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 St Kilda L 119 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Melbourne L 67 - 102 14 12 26 6 0 0 1 7 2 1 122
5 Essendon W 142 - 73 19 14 33 7 0 1 1 4 4 0 144
6 West Coast Eagles L 124 - 62 13 10 23 3 0 0 0 7 0 0 96
7 Carlton L 84 - 99 12 17 29 7 0 1 0 4 0 1 109
8 Brisbane Lions W 65 - 143 17 14 31 5 0 1 2 2 0 0 97
9 Geelong Cats W 104 - 80 21 10 31 9 0 1 0 5 0 0 131
10 Western Bulldogs L 53 - 74 18 8 26 9 0 1 1 3 0 0 107
11 Port Adelaide L 58 - 125 11 9 20 3 0 1 0 4 2 0 89
12 Melbourne L 104 - 58 9 8 17 5 0 1 0 4 1 0 81
14 Fremantle W 85 - 37 10 14 24 4 0 1 0 3 0 1 84
15 Carlton W 45 - 57 10 11 21 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 64
16 GWS Giants W 93 - 125 13 15 28 7 0 2 1 6 1 0 119
17 Adelaide Crows L 97 - 69 10 16 26 8 0 0 0 6 0 0 110
18 North Melbourne L 84 - 124 13 15 28 3 0 0 2 3 2 0 96
19 West Coast Eagles W 91 - 72 16 10 26 3 0 0 0 5 2 0 109
20 Richmond L 92 - 77 11 11 22 8 0 3 0 6 0 0 106
21 Western Bulldogs L 95 - 92 12 8 20 2 0 0 1 6 2 0 91
22 Gold Coast Suns W 118 - 47 13 13 26 5 0 2 1 5 1 2 107
23 Hawthorn L 112 - 111 20 13 33 7 0 0 1 3 0 1 117
TOTAL W: 9 - L: 13 273 241 514 108 0 17 15 90 17 7 2066

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 163
    • Kicks 13.5
    • Handballs 9.6
    • Disposals 23.1
    • Marks 5.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.9
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 94.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 27 Hawthorn Rd 23, 2014
Handballs 19 Brisbane Lions Rd 7, 2012
Disposals 38 West Coast Eagles Rd 16, 2015
Marks 12 North Melbourne Rd 5, 2014
Hit-outs 1 North Melbourne Rd 23, 2013
Tackles 11 West Coast Eagles Rd 10, 2011
Goals 5 North Melbourne Rd 7, 2010
AFL Fantasy 150 Melbourne Rd 11, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Collingwood 273 241 514 108 0 17 15 90 17 7 2066
2015 Collingwood 251 186 437 85 0 5 5 53 7 8 1632
2014 Collingwood 327 181 508 109 0 12 13 78 14 14 2053
2013 Collingwood 360 194 554 120 2 13 16 77 19 10 2227
2012 Collingwood 377 258 635 133 1 18 11 89 14 13 2485
2011 Collingwood 275 214 489 128 1 13 24 107 25 13 2170
2010 Collingwood 253 209 462 105 1 18 14 101 24 13 2030
2009 Collingwood 82 85 167 42 0 8 5 44 3 3 732

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Career

AFL: 143 games, 106 goals

VFL: 11 games, 9 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 20 games, 4 goals

Milestones

AFL Debut: Collingwood v St Kilda, Round 7 2009 at Etihad Stadium

50 AFL Games: Collingwood v North Melbourne, Round 16 2011 at the MCG

100 AFL Games: Collingwood v Adelaide, Round 16 2013 at the MCG

Draft History

Selected at No. 11 (by Collingwood) in the 2008 National Draft

Awards

AFL Awards

Collingwood Premiership Side 
2010 

Collingwood Pre-Season Premiership Side 
2011

Club Awards

R.T. Rush Trophy (2nd Best-and-Fairest)
2014

J.J. Joyce Trophy (3rd Best-and-Fairest)

2013

J.F. McHale Trophy (4th Best-and-Fairest)
2012

Jack Regan Trophy (5th Best-and-Fairest)
2015

Other

Murray Bushrangers TAC Cup Premiership Side
2008

TAC Medal (Best On Ground in the TAC Cup Grand Final)
2008